“People’s True Crazy Lives Have Always Been A Source Of Fascination For Me:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Samantha Stewart

Samantha Stewart

Samantha Stewart looking vibrant. How vibrant you ask? So vibrant we had to turn down the vibrance in Photoshop.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Samantha Stewart. Samantha discussed with us her eclectic tastes in movies, her latest movie, “Voodoo” and the sacrifices she makes for her art. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Samantha Stewart: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Samantha Stewart: I love the spotlight, and being the center of attention, so it was an easy choice for me! In high school I was voted “Most Talented” and “Least Likely to Work in a Cubicle”. There was just never a doubt in anyone’s mind that I was gonna leave TN asap and go be in show business. I was definitely THAT kid.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SS: Reese Witherspoon was definitely someone I looked up to. She went to school right down the road from me, and I remember being obsessed with movies like “Cruel Intentions,” “Man in the Moon,” and “Freeway.” Then when “Walk the Line” came out, I basically worshipped her. I thought I would grow up and be her. But instead I turned out to be me, which is different, but no less awesome. :)

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

SS: “Newsies” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Haha! Two polar opposite movies, right? That’s definitely my taste, I love musicals and cute boys dancing, and then I love just really gritty dramas that make you wanna kill yourself :P I was a weird kid!

TDQ: Who are your influences?

SS: My Dad for sure. He is driven by a logical brain, a Type A personality, and a penchant for sticking your foot in your mouth. That’s me for sure, which is interesting ’cause most artists are that creative type, which has never really been me. I’m my own kind of artist. I’m also influenced by some of my favorite singers, like James Taylor and Barbra Streisand and George Michael. I love reading biographies on celebrities I look up to, and figure out how they did it. People’s true crazy lives have always been a source of fascination for me. Oh, and Oprah. She’s the best.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

SS: Ru Paul’s catch phrase “Don’t F— it Up.” I think that just about covers all the bases.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

SS: To wait till I was married to have sex. Thank God I didn’t listen to that one :)

Samantha Stewart, VooDoo

Samantha Stewart cooking in the kitchen with a friend in VooDoo.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest movie, “VooDoo”

SS: I did “Voodoo” over 3 years ago, so it’s crazy it only recently came out! It’s this really effed up portrayal of how bad things can happen to you, even when it’s not your fault haha. My character spends half the movie getting the complete s— beaten out of her, and as an actress in the film, I had a very similar experience. I hope it comes across like a realistic portrayal, ’cause most of the time I wasn’t acting. I was genuinely tired, sick, cold, beaten up, and miserable. All in the name of THE CRAFT. And it was awesome. Gotta love this job!

TDQ: Besides films, you’ve also appeared in soap operas like “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” What’s the biggest difference between working on soaps and working on films?

SS: I talk about this in every interview, but I’ll keep saying it. Soaps are way tougher than anyone gives them credit for. You get one take to nail your lines. They are shooting so quickly, there’s no time to for second chances. And I love that about them. It really helped me learn how to give the best performance I could the first time. It’s an amazing help for auditions too. Films are different, cause you can just always ask for another take if you mess up, or want to try something different. Don’t get me wrong, that’s also equally great, and I’m very grateful when I get opportunities to play around and have fun with a role. That’s harder to do on a soap.

Samantha Stewart, VooDooTDQ: What project are you working on next?

SS: Not sure what will be next, that’s the great thing about the job, is that the opportunities come last minute, and you never know what might be in store for you. I could get an audition tomorrow, and be on a plane for South America next week. But definitely keep an eye out during the commercial breaks for me. I’ve been doing a ton of commercials, and should be all over your TV. :)

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

SS: Pregnant!!! No seriously, I want babies, like, now. I’m turning 30 this year, time to start cranking them out!! ;) My dream life is to have babies with a man I’m obsessed with, who never wants to stop having sex with me, own a bunch of property that keeps the money coming in, travel around the world, and get offers to star in dream projects that win me Oscars, but I still never get recognized on the street so I can continue to go to Chipotle with sweat pants and no make up….. *sigh* That’s the life…..

Follow Samantha on Twitter and check out her website

No More Mister Moore: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Roger Moore

Roger Moore, far right, first met RECOiL writer/actor/director Brian DiMaio, far left, on the set of The Sea Wolves. The film which has some scenes in Goa, India was to have a Bollywood style dance number that DiMaio was not up to. His part would be recast to Trevor Howard who could perform all the moves. The dance number was later cut for time.

Switzerland— Actor Sir Roger Moore, most famous for his role as Simon Templar in “The Saint,” died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

In America, Moore appeared on television in “Maverick” playing Beau, the British cousin of the other Maverick boys. He also starred on ABC in “The Alaskans” and as Sherlock Holmes in a made-for-TV movie “Sherlock Holmes in New York.”

On the big screen, Moore was in “The Cannon Ball Run,” “Escape to Athena,” “RECOiL” and “Spice World.” 

In 2003, Moore was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina; two sons, Geoffrey and Christian and his daughter, Deborah.

Cowboy, World War 3 Veteran Powers Boothe Dies At 68

Powers Boothe left, met RECOiL actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio rear center, on the set of Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones when producer Frank Konigsberg played a prank on director William Graham by telling an unaware DiMaio to dress in a particular costume and walk into frame.

Los Angeles—Actor Powers Boothe, best known for his roles in the films “Tombstone” and “Sin City,” died in his sleep Sunday. He was 68. The cause was not released. 

He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jim Jones in CBS’ “Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.” He also appeared in such TV programs as “Deadwood,” “Nashville” and “Hatfields & McCoys.”

On the big screen, Boothe also appeared in such films as “Red Dawn,” “U Turn,” “RECOiL” and “MacGruber.”

He is survived by his wife, Pam, and two sons. 

“I Wanted To Always Be Able To Be A Kid At Heart: A TDQ Q&A With Actress Ruth Reynolds

Ruth Reynolds

It’s Ruth Reynolds, everyone. You can get lost in those eyes. Just stare into them. Nothing jarring is going to happen. Keep staring.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Ruth Reynolds. Ruth spoke to us about her latest movie, “Voodoo,” how she got into acting and how she handles bad advice. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Ruth Reynolds: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Ruth Reynolds: I loved where your mind got to when watching a movie. You became a part of it. We would re-enact moments from films and TV that we found amusing. I realized as a kid these adults were getting to tell stories and play pretend. I wanted to affect people in the same way when I grew up. I wanted to always be able to be a kid at heart. Show business was perfect for that. 

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

RR: I had many actresses I’ve looked up to throughout the years but growing up my favorite was and still is Lucille Ball.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

RR: It was a tie between “Braveheart” and “Dirty Dancing.”

TDQ: Who are your influences?

RR: Too many to mention. My biggest influence in life would be my siblings. They always taught me that if you love what you do, then you should follow that passion. 

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

RR: Life begins after your comfort zone.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

RR: I don’t believe in bad advice… If someone gives you bad advice then you can question it and realize there is always something to learn and gain from. 

VooDoo

VooDoo is a wholesome family film starring Ruth Reynolds.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest movie, “VooDoo”

RR: Voodoo was a blast to shoot. An amazing cast and crew. It was a cool experience going from the fun loving cousin to a possessed being. Don’t want to give any spoilers away. 

TDQ: What project are you working on next?

RR: I’m in the process of producing and acting in a film called “Walk of Shame” and within the next year will start working on a thriller film called Witchula.

TDQ: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an actor or actress?

RR: Be yourself, love what you do and don’t give up.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

 RR: Bringing stories to life. 

Be sure and follow Ruth on Twitter and check her out on Instagram

“I Think Juggling Is Something All Moms Learn To Be Good At:” A TDQ Q&A With Entrepreneur Breegan Jane

Breegan Jane

Merriam-Webster defines radiant as: “radiating rays or reflecting beams of light”, “vividly bright and shining : glowing”, and “marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happiness.” And then they show a picture of Breegan Jane.

This week’s TDQ is with mom, blogger and entrepreneur Breegan Jane. Breegan spoke to us about the hectic life of single moms, how she balances her career and family and how a trip to Europe as a teenager changed her life. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with entrepreneur Breegan Jane: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be an entrepreneur?

Breegan Jane: Funny enough, I don’t feel like I chose entrepreneurship. It chose me. It’s in my blood. I talk about my grandmothers and how so many of my relatives were strong female business owners on breeganjaneblog.com, and I really do believe that passion and inclination was passed down to me. For as long I can remember, I was always discovering ways to beautify and resell things, whether it was in high school or for other companies. My heart simply led me to it.

TDQ: Who was your favorite interior designer growing up?

BJ: I don’t know that I had an actual favorite designer growing up, but I do remember having my breath taken away on my first visit to Europe. I was just a teen, but the experience was impactful. We toured a castle and I saw all the intricate, detailed design elements we simply don’t have here in the states. I can remember it like yesterday: the angels painted on walls, hand-carved masterpieces and brocade pieces. The whole adventure left such an impression on me and manifested into a love for museums, older furniture and an eye for artistic qualities in interior design today.

TDQ: Who are your influences today?

BJ: I would say I have many influences, but one who stands out today is designer Joanna Gaines. Ironically, it isn’t necessarily her style that I feel drawn to; instead it’s her business savvy and professionalism. In a very modern world where feminism’s definition is often misconstrued to be one-dimensional, she defies that. She’s married with multiple children, and she balances it all while maintaining an authentic brand. She became successful because she’s good at what she does, she loves it and that’s what people connect to. It’s a true display of women’s empowerment, and that means a lot to me.

Breegan Jane

Breegan Jane on the set of what is obviously a photoshoot for…Wait. I’ve just been told this is a casual family photo.

TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

BJ: The best advice would be to believe in yourself and preserve your own sense of reality, because you’re going to be tested and told what you cannot do. You are in charge of your own life and happiness, and you have to work from that place.  Once you can accept that, nothing else matters. You have to make up your mind to work towards what makes you happy, and what will lead to your success. No wavering!

TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?

BJ: The worst advice has been to change who I am for the sake of selling something. This industry will tell you that making a financial return is worth sacrificing your true self, reputation, brand and authenticity. It’s sad, really. I’d counter that horrible advice with a simple: “pick the job you love, work hard and stay true to self.” It’s what has gotten me this far.

TDQ: Tell us about the Mom Life Yo app you’ve developed

BJ: When T. Lopez and I began Mom Life Yo, our original intention was to enter the homes of people everywhere and be their virtual friends offering support. We wanted to reach as many moms as possible and push ourselves to talk about the real issues and topics no one else was discussing. What we realized was moms are busy! They can’t always set a time to listen to us because as a mom, you don’t often know what your day is going to bring. With the app, moms can tune in with the touch of a button, anytime they please. The app allows us to work around their schedules instead of requiring them to work with ours.

Breegan Jane, T Lopez, Mom Life Yo

Mom Life, Yo is a one-hour Radio Show created and hosted by multi-talented Supermoms T Lopez and Breegan Jane.

TDQ: Besides being an interior designer and radio host, you also own the LEONA restaurant in Venice Beach, California. How do you manage to juggle all of those things as well as being a single mom?

BJ: I think juggling is something all moms learn to be good at, to be honest. Sometimes our creative endeavors don’t last a lifetime. I birthed a brand and project with my ex-husband, and I’m not sure what the future holds in regards to it right now. I am, however, excited to have extra time to pour into several new ventures and products which are taking shape and being developed. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for unveilings soon!

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

BJ: When I get asked this question, my first thought is often about how old my kids will be. I think a lot about family growth and how that will affect our lives. I feel encouraged and excited because as my children grow older, they become more independent; that only furthers the potential for my career. It means greater yields from my creative and business lives that will push me closer towards what I want to do. I see continual growth. I have no intentions of slowing down, that’s for sure.

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